Murray State said YES
Smile! Enjoy this moment. You've been admitted to one of the best colleges in the country. We are so happy to welcome you to the Murray State Racer family!
You've been admitted, now it's time to enroll! We've included a video and a checklist to help you complete all the steps you'll need to do before joining us on campus. If you need any help, let us know. We're right here, every step of the way.
1. Log in to myGate and Racermail
- What is myGate? myGate is the website you'll use to schedule classes, check grades, pay bills and complete applications.
- What is RacerMail? RacerMail is Murray State's gmail service.
Now that you’re admitted, it’s time to get connected. You should have received an email from Murray State with instructions for setting up your accounts and passwords for the myGate portal and RacerMail.
If you have not set up your account passwords yet, log into your application account at getstarted.murraystate.edu. Look for the “Click here to get started” link in the myGate Portal Access section. When you click on this link, you will be asked to create a password that will be used for your RacerMail (Murray State email account), myGate (student portal) and other network accounts. The password must follow certain rules, so make sure you click on the arrow beside “Password Rules” for information on creating a valid password.
Once you have created your password, your accounts are ready to use. You will see your username for myGate, your M# and your official Murray State email address on this page. Be sure to follow the “Next Step” to set up your password recovery information so you can easily reset your password if you forget it. Within the myGate portal, you may apply for scholarships and housing, pay bills, register for classes, view grades and announcements, request transcripts and much more. The myGate portal also connects you to RacerMail, Canvas and the technology Service Catalog — all of which are necessary online tools for success at Murray State. Make sure to activate and start checking your RacerMail daily for important information about becoming a Racer. The technology Service Catalog provides 24/7 support for technical issues, including accessing the wireless networks on campus, using RacerMail on mobile devices, registering Internet devices in the residential colleges and so much more.
If you need assistance with logging into myGate or RacerMail, please call the Service Desk at 270.809.2346, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or contact the Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. Visit campus
The best way to take in everything that is Murray State is to visit in person. You’ll receive a student-guided tour of campus plus information about admissions, financial aid, housing, student life and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and talk with faculty in the academic area of your choice.
When you first set foot on campus and meet our students, faculty and staff, you’ll know that Murray State is your home.
Murray State University is home to more than 10,000 students and regarded as one of the nation’s leading public universities. For 27 straight years, Murray State has been recognized by “U.S. News & World Report” as a “Top Tier” university in academic quality in addition to being named as the top four-year college in Kentucky by Schools.com.
The main campus of Murray State University is located in western Kentucky in the city of Murray. We have regional campuses in Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah as well as an educational presence in Fort Campbell and Henderson. Murray State brings brings a world-class education to students of all ages and backgrounds right at home in their own neighborhoods.
But what about Murray itself? With locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants — not to mention all the cultural centers on campus, including an arboretum, art galleries, museums, theatres, community concerts and more — there’s something for everyone in Murray!
And, when it comes to making weekend travel plans, there are plenty of nearby options, too. Murray is a quick road trip from several major metropolitan areas, such as Nashville, St. Louis and Memphis. If you enjoy the great outdoors, we’re just a 20-minute drive from Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Ultimately, no matter where you call home, know that the Murray community will always welcome you with open arms. A city of about 20,000 residents, Murray has a kind, inviting feel that earned the title of “friendliest small town” from Rand McNally and USA Today, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Kentucky
3. Complete the FAFSA
College is a large investment in both time and money. That’s why Murray State is committed to providing numerous financial opportunities, such as grants, loans, part-time employment and state KEES scholarships. Your first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at fafsa.ed.gov. The application is available beginning Oct. 1 for the upcoming academic year. Students should apply as soon as possible for priority review and awarding. Use Murray State’s financial aid code (001977) when completing the FAFSA.
More information about the FAFSA and other types of available financial aid can be found at murraystate.edu/financialaid.
4. Apply for scholarships
Murray State disbursed approximately $44 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers for the 2017–18 academic year. Apply for scholarships on the Financial Aid tab in myGate. The application opens Sept. 1.
For more information, including deadlines, visit murraystate.edu/scholarships.
5. Apply for housing
Some of the best college memories are made while living on campus. Murray State’s residential halls offer a number of perks, including common areas, on-site games and free laundry facilities. They’re also located a short walk from academic buildings, Winslow Dining Hall, the Wellness Center and our athletics facilities. Plus, whether you live in an on-campus residential hall or commute, you’ll join one of Murray State’s eight residential colleges. Consider it your tight-knit community within the larger University community. You’ll meet fellow students, get connected to faculty and gain opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The Housing Application is available Oct. 1.
6. Explore dining plans
Did you know Murray State has some of the best campus dining in Kentucky? Believe it. Whether you’re sitting down for an all-you-care-to-eat meal with friends in Winslow Dining Hall, grabbing a cup of coffee at the Curris Café, having lunch in the Thoroughbred Room or enjoying the delicious convenience of the Pony Express food truck, Murray State has plenty of options to keep you full and satisfied.
Stop into Fast Track for a convenient snack, study in the Waterfield Café with a cup of coffee and even visit Business Express on the second floor of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business building.
Are you hungry yet?
7. Attend Admitted Student Weekend
8. Register for Summer Orientation
The next few years are going to be filled with new experiences and opportunities. Attending a summer orientation session will ensure you’re prepared to become an active member of the Racer family. Not only will you schedule your classes, but you will gain valuable knowledge while making new friends along the way. Multiple sessions are offered throughout the summer, so pick the one that works best for you!
To register for summer orientation, log into your myGate account and go to the “Academics Tab.” Orientation registration opens the first week of March and sessions fill up quickly, so don’t delay.
Note that both new freshman and new transfer students are required to attend and complete orientation. Students who are enrolling in courses at a Murray State regional campus location or participating in a fully online program should contact their advisor for more information about orientation options. New transfer students may also contact their academic advisor to schedule classes prior to their orientation. Log into your myGate account to find your academic advisor’s contact information.
9. Get your Racer Card
The RacerCard is the official student identification card that confirms you as a member of the Murray State community and acts as a key to access essential campus services.
Be sure to check your RacerMail the week prior to your orientation to submit a photo of your choice online (must meet criteria) for your RacerCard, then present an official government-issued photo ID when you pick up your card at summer orientation.
For more information, contact the RacerCard Office at email@example.com or 270-809-3003.
10. Learn about New Student Programs
Start your Murray State experience off the Racer way! Getting involved with one of our optional New Student Program opportunities will get you connected on campus before you begin your first semester as a Racer. All students are required to attend an orientation session but go further and sign up for one of our New Student Programs! To learn more visit murraystate.edu/newstudentprograms or call 270-809-2896.
RACER 101: Racer 101 is the premier extended orientation program for first-year students. It’s designed to aid incoming students by developing a diverse social network of classmates, upperclassmen, faculty and staff. You’ll also learn about some of our greatest Racer traditions.
OUTDOORS 101: Outdoors 101 provides first-year students an opportunity to be involved in an outdoor extended orientation experience before they arrive on campus in August. If you are interested in exploring the outdoors and are ready for a challenge, join the Outdoors 101 program this summer!
ABROAD 101: Abroad 101 is a study abroad program exclusively for incoming freshman and transfer students who are new to Murray State. This experience will take you to visit a new country, experience new adventures and be introduced to many other cultural activities. Additionally, students receive credit for a three-hour course: COM 161 (Introduction to Public Speaking). Students may experience Murray State abroad before ever stepping foot on campus!
11. Send final transcripts and test scores
Don’t forget to send official documents in order to complete your admission file.
Freshmen should ensure their final high school transcript with graduation date is sent to Murray State Admissions before July 1. Be sure to send any updated ACT/SAT test score reports to Admissions to update your file, too.
Official college transcripts with final semester grades must be sent to Murray State following each completed semester of college coursework and/or dual credit college course completion. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the sending school/institution to Murray State University or sent via secure electronic transcript exchange to:
Murray State University
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
12. Fee payment
13. Purchase books
15. Participate in Great Beginnings
Great Beginnings are on the horizon for you here at Murray State and the best way to begin your Racer journey! An annual tradition at Murray State, Great Beginnings gives all new students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus and the community, easing the transition to campus life. From Exploring Murray to the Hypnotist (a campus favorite!), and going to a campuswide water balloon fight, students find themselves making new friends and getting to know campus better.
Commuter students and students living on campus will all have a Great Beginnings Leader who will help to guide you through all the fun and educational events happening in the first few weeks of classes. We find it important to get involved when you get to campus, so start things with a Great Beginning!
For more information and move-in information, visit murraystate.edu/greatbeginnings.